The Fifth World
- November 23, 2009: LHC’s first collision results in the discovery of the Aether, a new form of energy that appears to be present in all things. Research on the Aether begins immediately.
- August 15, 2010: Suddenly, without warning, NASA is no longer receiving telemetry from Voyager 1, just as it was supposed to be passing into the Heliosphere.
- December 2, 2010: The first individuals that demonstrate the “arcana” gene are publicly revealed.
- February 8, 2011: Construction on the first Aether engine ends, and the Engine is successfully tested, showcasing a new method for generating incredible power.
- September 29, 2011: An Aethar engine being tested in high orbit over the Earth is the target of an ultra-radical environmental group and is destroyed. The resulting radiation showers over the Earth and triggers the “arcane” gene in millions more.
- January 18, 2012: As with what happened with Voyager 1, happens with Voyager 2 and without warning NASA is no longer receiving telemetry from Voyager 2.
- February 13, 2012: Construction of a space probe (codenamed Hermes) with an experimental Aether engine begins in the hopes of exploring and determining what destroyed the Voyager probes.
- May 10, 2012: The Hermes probe is launched and projected to reach the point where the Voyager probe disappeared in just under one month.
- June 2, 2012: The Hermes probe reaches Voyager’s last known position and the first data of the “barrier” is obtained.
- June 10, 2012: A freak coincidence happens and Hermes accidentally opens a small portal on the “barrier” and the first images of what is outside the barrier are taken.
- July 17, 2012: The first ATPEB is created by Google Industries; the first true AI is named Robert Hal-turing.
- March 30, 2013: Construction of the first international starship vessel begins. The major nations taking part in the endeavor are the United States and China; other countries take a smaller role. Google Industries helps provide much of the technical development and support.
- May 6, 2014: Construction of the Argo, the first true starship, finishes.
- July 12, 2014: After an extensive, multinational selection process, a crew is selected for the Argo’s maiden voyage and mission: to go out the “barrier” and exit the solar system and explore what is beyond the “barrier”.